Stronger Together

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize and acknowledge our donors for their continued dedication and support of the Y’s mission and programs and services across Monmouth County. Together we are committed to giving young people the resources to reach their potential, providing individuals with the access and support to lead healthy lives and connecting neighbors so they can come together for the common good.

Donor Highlight | Jules Plangere Family Foundation

The Community YMCA is truly grateful for a gift of $25,000 from the Jules Plangere Family Foundation to benefit Camp Zehnder in Wall Township. The beautiful campus is now open year-round for swim lessons and other aquatics programs, and during the summer more than 300 children enjoy swimming, hiking, kayaking, climbing and other activities at the outdoor day camp. Many thanks to the foundation for joining us in support of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Grant Highlight | PNC Bank

PNC-logoThe Community YMCA has been awarded a $9,334 grant from PNC Bank Foundation to support our YCares program at the Children’s Achievement Center in Matawan, NJ.

The grant will make it possible for the Y to provide financial assistance to families in need of enriching preschool for their children.

We are grateful for the Foundation’s continued support to help kids learn, grow and thrive in our preschool program.

The Y Cares Annual Benefit Sponsors

Our Y Cares benefit on October 15, 2016 brought community together in the spirit of an old-fashioned “Barn Raising,” to raise support for those who need it most. Many thanks to our major sponsors!

Stillwell – Hansen
Torcon, Inc
PNC Wealth Management
Two River Community Bank
Monmouth Medical Center
and MMC Foundation
Riverview Medical Center
Robert A. Stanger & Co.
Forest Electric
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis
Investors Bank
Springpoint Senior Living
Patricia Whittemore
Complete Security Systems
Scholes Electric & Communications
The Barham Group
Almasi Contractors
Binsky & Snyder, LLC
Advisors Mortgage Group, LLC
Two River Technology Group
Hatzel & Buehler
Komar, Inc.
BW Electric Services, LLC

Grant Highlight | New Jersey Division of Children’s System of Care

The Y is far more than just a great place to work out and swim. We’re leading a Monmouth County coalition to help prevent youth suicide.
A $14,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Children & Families is supporting our efforts to lead the  Traumatic Loss Coalition, part of a statewide youth suicide prevention program.

Working side-by-side with school personnel, mental health professionals, juvenile justice personnel and law enforcement officials, our Counseling & Social Services team is working to prevent suicide and responding to traumatic loss in our community.

Summer Camp Scholarship Golf Tournament Sponsors

Many thanks to all the generous sponsors of our golf tournament on May 16, 2016. We’re grateful for your generosity.

A.J. Perri
Complete Security Systems
Danco General Contracting, Inc.
George Wall Ford
Morgan Stanley
New Jersey Natural Gas Company
Sam Vera Restaurant

Donor | Monmouth Charity Fund

The Community YMCA has been awarded a grant from Monmouth Park Charity Fund in the amount of $3,000 to be used between September 2015 and August 2016.

This grant will support our Adolescent Intensive Outpatient program, which offers care for individuals and families affected by issues related to substance abuse and mental health. This intervention is a structured six-month outpatient program designed specifically for adolescents facing substance abuse and addiction issues, who do not require (or no longer require) the intense level of therapy provided by inpatient rehabilitation programs. The goals of the program include: providing an understanding of addiction as a disease; creating a therapeutic environment in which to explore feelings, attitudes, behaviors, problems and solutions; offering a positive group experience; helping in the development of communication skills, alternative coping skills, problem solving, conflict resolution and goal setting; and facilitation integration into the self-help community. Each year, it serves between 50-70 adolescents. It is expected to grow in this upcoming year.  The Y has been award recipients of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund for the last nine years.

Donor | Investors Savings Bank

investors_bank_logoThe Community YMCA has been awarded $2,500 from Investors Bank to support the implementation costs of the Electronic Health Records technology needed to continue providing clinical services to underserved youth and families in our service area.

This one-time funding allows us to continue providing programming in the following areas: mental health services; substance abuse services; play therapy; Child Visitation Services; Family Preservation Programs; Family Support Program; Foster Care Support; Family Care; Behavioral Assistance; Mentoring and Parent Coaching without having to divert funds needed for these and our other mission driven programs that serve at risk communities. 

Donor Highlight | New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives

The Community YMCA has been awarded two grants from the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives.

The first award, for $20,000, is to support the Y Teen Achievers Initiative at Asbury Park and Neptune High Schools.

The second award, for $15,000, is to support the Y Teen Achievers Initiative at several locations including Asbury Park Middle School; Bolger Middle School in Keansburg; Oakwood School in Tinton Falls; open program hosted in Shrewsbury and Lakewood High School.

Both awards are to be used between July 2015 and June 2016. The Y has been an award recipient of the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives for the last five years. The funding provided supports salaries, the annual college tour, workshops and college application fees for the teens in the program.

Grant Highlight | Ocean First Foundation

ocean firstSince its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has upheld a strong commitment to helping schools and organizations throughout central New Jersey meet their financial needs. This type of financial support reached new heights with the creation of the OceanFirst Foundation in 1996. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs.

The Community YMCA is grateful to have been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Foundation to help purchase a school bus that will transport Y kids to after school locations, camps and other Y facilities.

The Y thanks OceanFirst for all their support, past and present. Their contribution not only helps to make a difference in the lives of many children and families, but also strengthens our community.

Grant Highlight | Autism Speaks

Autism_Speaks_LogoThe Community YMCA with support from Autism Speaks is helping children with autism learn to swim and be safe around water.

Autism Speaks is a leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The organization has provided over $3,420 in grant funding to support free swim lessons for 16 autistic children in the Long Branch school district, and recently granted the Y yet another $2,000 grant for additional swim lessons for about 20 more children.

“The ability of people with autism to swim and to understand the importance of water safety is a major factor in efforts to prevent the heartbreaking drowning incidents that are far too common in our community,” said Serena Selkin, director of grants at Autism Speaks. “Everyone in the autism community should have access to these critical services.”

The swim lessons did far more than teach the children how to be safe in and around water, teachers noted. The students were more focused after their weekly swim lesson and self-stimulatory behaviors such as flapping, self-talking, and rocking were nearly nonexistent.

The Y thanks Autism Speaks for their continuous support in helping to bring lifesaving skills to autistic children in our community.

Donor Highlight | Sea Shipping Line

Sea Shipping Line in Red Bank has a special holiday tradition with the Y to help make the season  merry and bright for many local families in need.

For foSea Line Shipping Logour years, the company, owned by Fred and Pat Morganthaler, has been participating in the Y’s Giving Tree program to help make holiday wishes come true for kids and families.

“We turned to the Y because, like us, they are part of this community,” said Fred. “We feel giving back to this community is something the Y does very well, and we like to support that.”

All 17 employees of Sea Shipping Line participate in the Giving Tree program by choosing tags from the Y Giving Tree and shopping for the items that families have requested. The company then reimburses employees for the gifts they purchased.

Thank you, Sea Shipping Line, for giving the gift of joy!

Grant Highlight | New Jersey Division of Family and Community Partnerships

Our Bayshore Family Success Center has helped strengthen over 2,000 Monmouth County families during their first year of operation, made possible by support from the New Jersey Division of Family & Community Partnerships.DCFLogowords1

Thanks to an annual state grant of $325,000 for two years, the Center has become an important gathering place for local families. The Center is open to all for helpful resources such as financial literacy and job readiness programs, support groups, health education workshops and family fun nights, all free of charge.

The Center first opened in June 2013 at the Union Beach Memorial Library to assist residents in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and recently relocated to Leonardo.

Many thanks to the Division of Family and Community Partnerships for helping us to positively impact the lives of families who need our support.